Department of Art and Art History Research Center

Another great season at the Visual Arts Center

Wed. May 28, 2014

As we close the doors to the VAC for the summer, we celebrate our achievements and prepare for the coming fall. Among our robust exhibition programming, the season closed with our annual M.F.A. Studio Art thesis exhibition, Pool; M.F.A. Design thesis exhibition, Playgrounds; B.F.A. Design thesis exhibition, Make, Do, and Mend; and Michael Sieben’s exhibition, It Will All Happen Again.

If you missed our most recent exhibitions, a collection of works culled from them, selected by Director Jade Walker and curatorial intern Cameron Coffman, are on display at the W Hotel. These artworks, along with additional selections from the undergraduate senior art thesis exhibition, Wellspring, will be on display for the next year.

Artist speaks to group in art gallery
Michael Sieben giving instruction during zine workshop. Photo by Sandy Carson

In addition to a successful exhibitions calendar, the VAC also implemented comprehensive and engaging public programming throughout the year. In April, artist-in-resident Michael Sieben led a zine-making workshop. Held in the VAC’s Vaulted Gallery, guests were invited to work alongside Sieben to explore the history and process of zine making. With Sieben’s guidance, workshop participants created their own zines, marked with personal interest and self-exploration. Many of these created zines joined the ranks of Sieben’s personal zine library.

Three musicans perform on stage
Jace Clayton, The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner. Photo by Sandy Carson

Another notable evening was Jace Clayton’s The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner, part of the Visual Arts Center’s signature series Sound + Vision. Guests crowded into the Texas Performing Arts’ McCullough Theatre to experience a dramatic 70-minute performance commemorating the work of late pianist, Julius Eastman. Clayton captivated the audience with a re-interpretation of two Eastman originals, which were composed and played simultaneously involving two grand pianos, live electronics, and various vocal elements.

Looking back on a wonderful season, we are sad to say good-bye to all graduating VAC staff members, including Vlad Mejia, who has been with the VAC since he started his studio art education in the Department of Art and Art History. As we prepare for the fall, we would like to invite you to join us in celebrating the works of many great artists at our fall season exhibition opening reception, which will be held on September 19, 2014.
 

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